Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

                       Title: The Skin I'm In
                     Author: Pat Thomas
                     Illustrator: Lesley Harker
                     Grade Level: 1-3  
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                       Summary: The Skin I'm In is a book that depicts racism. It mentions different aspects of racism, how it is bad and can have negative effects on people.Then it also mentions how to raise awareness and how people are all the same inside. It talks about how to work together and make the world a better place so people can have equal opportunities no matter what nationality or skin color they are.  
                       Social Justice Issue 4; Social Movement and Social Change: The Skin I'm In represent Element 4 because it is a book about how people should come together to eliminate racism. It wants to show readers that if people come together they can come above racism. It gives examples of racist people and also ways to not be that type of person, but a person who wants equal rights for everyone.
                       Follow-Up Activity: After Reading The Skin I'm In the students can go home and talk to their parents about their culture. Then they should bring in one item or picture that represents something from their culture or background. The student will be encouraged to discuss this object in class and talk about how it represents their culture. We will keep these items in the room and throughout the week discuss racism and being of a different culture, also ways to make people equal and not feel left out.

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